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The question over whether to allow employees to work from home has been settled. Here’s the new normal.

This article discusses the recent announcement by Mike Hopkins, the senior vice president of Prime Video and Amazon Studios, regarding Amazon’s mandate for employees to work in the office rather than from home. Hopkins claimed that working in the office is better without providing any data to back up his statement, relying instead on personal belief. The article argues that this reflects a favoring of belief over data and highlights three common responses when facts contradict one’s beliefs: claiming complexity, creating alternative facts, or denying opposing facts exist. The text then presents various studies and surveys that suggest remote and hybrid work can lead to increased productivity, employee happiness, and improved physical and mental health. The article concludes by pointing out that the return to the office trend has flattened, and companies that continue to mandate office work may experience a talent transfer towards remote work-friendly companies.


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Digital transformation, including agile and devops, across many industries, most recently in higher education. Designed and built the Emory faculty information system. Working in continuing education to improve and expand career-focused learning, esp. in workforce development. Expanding the role of innovation and entrepreneurship. Designed, built, and launched the Emory Center for Innovation.

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